23 things to do around Mumbai from January 3 to January 9
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Try Thai in a bowl
12 – 3.30 PM; 7 PM – 1.30 AM: A delectable array of choice picks from Thai and Malay cuisine are on offer this season. Authentic sushi rolls, bird eye chilli prawns, and miso soup with prawns or mushrooms should tempt your tastebuds.
Where: Nom Nom, Pali Hill, Bandra West; Juhu Versova Link Road
Price: Rs 200 onwards
Watch star-crossed lovers in a play
6.30 & 9 PM: After 15 years of marriage, Sameer and Sonal decide to divorce each other. While the promise of a fresh start lies ahead, some things still remain unresolved. Sameer finds solace but Sonal finds despair in this Hindi play Hum Safar written by Javed Siddiqi with lyrics by Gulzar, and directed by Salim Arif.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
Entry: Rs 400
7 PM: Indian-born Spanish pianist Yamini Teresa Prabhu Barretto will treat us to a not-so-typical piano recital and pay homage to Skyrabin. Barretto specialises in the works of this Russian composer and pianist and currently performs all across Spain.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 500
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Get young with nature
9 AM – 10 PM, 9 AM – 6 PM: An exciting line-up of activities promises to help you get closer to nature over the weekend. Beyond Academics, which routinely organises educational field trips, brings you One with Nature at the Maharashtra Nature Park, where kids can pick from nature walks, games and workshops. A creative corner will have sessions on crafting fridge magnets, building bird nests and making fridge magnets — something that even your two-year-old can try out. For the more adventurous toddlers, there are obstacle runs, a Burma bridge and a zipline. There are organic food and shopping options as well, so you and your kid have no excuses to miss this one.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, near Dharavi Bus Depot
When: January 9-10, 9 AM – 6 PM
Entry: Rs 100
11 AM – 2.30 PM: If your existing ceramic crockery and knick-knacks need a paint re-vamp, here’s the right place. With upcycling techniques, learn to paint your crockery with abstract forms or a splash of colours, and use a little less plastic in life.
Where: Blue Bulb, Dadar East
Entry: Rs 1,399 (inclusive of ceramic dinner plate, bowl and mug)
Join the Powai carnival
8 AM – 2 PM: While the Powai marathon started this morning, it is not late to join the carnival in the area. Al fresco brunches, flash mobs, parades and music are options to choose from. However, the carnival cake promises to be a bigger and better this year, with an open invitation to homemakers to showcase their art and homemade goodies.
Where: Central Avenue (from D—Mart to Subway), Hiranandani, Powai
See silver magic
10 AM – 6 PM: Late photographer Jethlal Thakker’s vintage images of Bollywood in newly Independent India is a must-see for many reasons. Many of his photographs became iconic images which defined the actors in the hearts of their fans; Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Nutan, Pran and Ashok Kumar are just a few
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Museum, Byculla
Entry: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children)
Listen to buckets
6 PM: Tap your feet and hum to the melodies of Udaan, an East-meets-West confluence which will bring together two contrasting forms of music. Right from solos and duets on a grand piano, to making music on buckets, the team has put together an eclectic set.
Where: Euphony Centre of Performing Arts, Seawoods, Nerul
Entry: Rs 300
Solve a mystery
4 PM: Make some family time at a learning camp where you will need to solve a STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) challenge. The whole family needs to solve a ‘mystery bag’ and build a structure together. Sounds challenging enough?
Where: Quistic Learning Centre, Sunrise Building, Lokhandwala
Entry: Rs 1,500 (for 2—4 persons)
Order of the day
Attend a book launch
Jan 4, 6 PM: Keki N Daruwalla is launching his next book, Ancestral Affairs. It is a family saga with a grand sweep — from the opium wars to India’s freedom struggle. Writer Vrinda Nabar will be in conversation with Daruwalla.
Where: Kitab Khana, 375, Veer Nairman Rd, Fort
Soak in some classical music
Jan 7 – Jan 9, 6 PM: If you want to listen to some of the greatest classical singers of all time, head to Swaranjali, the annual Indian Classical Music festival. The three-day fest, that starts on Thursday, is currently in its 14th year. It will witness performances by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Hariharan and Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, among others.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 500 – Rs 1,500
Be a young Sherlock
Jan 9, 10 AM: If your child is fascinated by The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew Mysteries, why not introduce him/her to the pleasures of writing a mystery? Instructor Joulyn Kenny, a forensic expert and a speaker at Indian Forensic Organisation will conduct the class. For address and registration call on them.
Entry: Rs 2,800
Buy yourself good health
Jan 9 – 10, 11 AM – 7 PM: Since we’re in 2016, chances are you might have made a list of resolutions. If getting fit is one of them, prepping can begin at Fitness Finds, a market where you can shop from a curated collection of power booster foods and drinks, apparel and fitness technology to keep your new year goals on track.
Where: Tangerine Arts Studio 9, 2nd Floor, Rukhsana, Off Pali Hill, Bandra
Get closer to nature
Plan Ahead: Jan 10, 6.30 AM: Go on a trail to Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, situated north of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It forms a corridor for animals between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest is lined with dense mixed deciduous forest, and this season you can see birds like Rufous Treepie, White Wagtail, Ashy Drongo, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-headed Barbet, Shikra, Verditer Flycatcher and many more.
Where: Meeting point is Dadar TT, near Chandu Halwai
Entry: Rs 700 for members and Rs 800/- for others (Charges include transportation, entry, and BNHS expertise).
Invest in Make-in-India
Till Jan End, 10 AM – 8 PM: You will agree: the charm of hand-woven textiles is unmatched. So, this season why not carry Lambani tribal bags to your next party? Or accessories with necklaces from Karnataka? Head to the exhibition on handicrafts at Potli Arts at Colaba.
Where: Potli Arts, Behind Taj Hotel, Colaba
Listen to regional poetry
Book Seat: Jan 14, 6.30 PM: Tryambak Bapuji Thombre, better known as Baalkavi, is a legend in Marathi poetry. To mark his 125th birth anniversary, Keshav Paranjape & Group and Pu La Deshpande Foundation, have organised a concert, Jhoke Phulaganyanche — an attempt to communicate his poems through music. Keshav Paranjape, Jitendra Gore (in pic), Milind Karmarkar and Nilesh Moharir will perform along with vocalists, Madhuri Karmarkar and Vidya Karalagikar.
Where: Little Theatre, National Center for the Performing Arts, Sir Dorab Tata Road, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Catch a play about Calcutta
Jan 5, 9 PM: Directed by Aritra Sengupta and Ayanti Ghosh, With love, Calcutta is an amalgamation of several tiny plays. It moves back and forth between Calcutta and Kolkata, between people and memories, and tells us the story of how it’s ultimately the people who make a city. It’s sure to resonate with Mumbaikars as well.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 150
Be a charismatic leader
9 AM – 6 PM: Most powerful leaders and successful CEOs have a certain confidence and charisma about them. Where do they acquire such talent? It doesn’t just come with the position of power. Author and trained practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Raju Mandhyan will throw light on the subtle skills employed by leaders like speaking without prompters, giving powerful speeches, using light humour and more.
Where: Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Beach, Santacruz (West)
Entry: Group of 4, Rs 8,500 plus taxes
Learn about architecture
6.15 PM: The convergence of Islamic architecture with the prevalent Hindu architecture in southern Indian could make for an interesting history lesson. Attend a series of lectures that will analyse the forts, palaces, mosques and tombs of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Helene Philon, an Islamic art historian and former curator at the Benaki Museum, Athens, will focus on the Delhi Sultans of Daulatabad and Early Bahmanis of Gulbarga (14th century) and the Later Bahmanis of Bidar (15th century)
Where: Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, 3rd floor, Fort
Entry: Rs 3,000
Check out vintage pictures
1 PM ONWARD: Relive the golden years of Hindi cinema through vintage photograph portraits by JH Thakker, founder of the iconic India Photo Studio. Many of the photographs Thakker created on the sets in the film studios will be on display for the first time. These pictures are terrific records of how films were created in studio sets in the days before digital rendering and manipulation.
Where: Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East
When: Till Jan 15
Listen to a European band
7 PM: The best part about living in the city is that you get to listen to some of the world’s best bands on your home turf. This time, Merope, an alternative music band consisting of musicians each hailing from five 5 corners of Europe: France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Lithuania will perform at Alliance. The band is known for creating a chemistry of ancient Lithuanian melodies and their own compositions.
Where: Alliance Française de Bombay, 40 New Marine Lines
10.30 AM: The delirious rate of consumption of natural resources is bound to have an impact on our bodies and our ecosystems. Attend a session titled Geographies of Consumption, Bombay/ Mumbai, which is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. On this day, George Jose and Noopur Desai will talk about this subject.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture Laxmi Mills Compound, Off Dr E Moses Road
Entry: Rs 500
Groove to Kumar Sanu hits
7 PM: Kumar Sanu ruled the chartbusters in the 1990s with songs like Dil Hai Ki Maantaa Nahee, Meraa Dil Bhee Kitnaa Paagal Hai and Kuchh Naa Kaho. But here’s a chance to enjoy these melodies and many more later this week from the man himself. Sanu is holding a concert at a mall in Kurla where he will sing some of his best songs till date.
Where: Dublin Square, Level 1: Phoenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla West
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,200